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Henderson Mill Elementary Students Meet NASCAR Champ Tony Stewart

The legendary race car driver joined Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson on Thursday to support Office Depot's donation of 1,200 bags of school supplies to students.

Reigning NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was joined by DeKalb County School District Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson and 47 students from on Wednesday as Office Depot donated 1,200 bags of school
supplies to support students.

"We are so incredibly appreciative of Office Depot’s generosity to our students," Atkinson said in a statement. "With more than 71 percent of our students receiving assistance for meals, school supplies are often luxuries that many families simply cannot afford. Before every race, like the one coming up this weekend, I'm certain that Mr. Stewart's pit crew stocks up on all the supplies they need to give Mr. Stewart a competitive edge so he comes out victorious. In the same manner, this generous donation plays a big part of the winning formula to make sure DeKalb County students achieve 'Victory in Every Classroom!'"

Through the National Backpack Program, which is now in its 12th year, the Office Depot Foundation has helped deserving children prepare for school by donating specially designed sackpacks throughout the United States and internationally. The school system was one of 17 organizations to be included in this year's Back to School Celebration in Atlanta.

"It's really great to be joining the Office Depot Foundation for another event during this back-to-school season," Stewart said in a statement. "These cool sackpacks continue to make a positive impact on the kids who receive them, and I'm very proud to be a part of such an important program. Being able to help provide kids in need with the essential school supplies necessary to start the year off right is the most rewarding thing I'll do all year."

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